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Cottages and Bungalows Christmas Issue

Cottages and Bungalows Christmas Magazine 2013I got word last December that a magazine was interested in featuring my house in their 2013 Christmas issue. A couple of weeks after the initial email, Cottages and Bungalows had arranged for a photographer to come and shoot my home, all decorated for the holidays. And now, one year later, the issue is out on newsstands!

I knew which rooms were being shot of course, but I had no idea they would use all of the photos in a ten-page spread. I was out to lunch with a friend when I saw it, and whoa, was I excited. It’s so fun to see the pink Christmas tree in print, and for the old house to get one last hurrah!
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Thank you, Cottages and Bungalows!

p.s. If you’d like to see more details and get a little more information on those decorations, I wrote about it last year, here and here. It’s kind of cool to see how different it all looked in the magazine’s photos versus mine.

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  • Joanna
    November 4, 2013 at 11:25 am

    What great pictures! And, I’m sure they bring back great memories. Are you missing the old house at all? Sometimes, I find myself pining for our old, smaller home that was all “done.”

  • Jessica @ Of Sand & Snow
    November 4, 2013 at 11:27 am

    What a nice-looking feature! I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled, for that issue, so that I can see the photos in person.


    (Ps. It’s sort of cool, to look at those images and note the style-transition / discrepancy, from your last casa to your Victorian home.)

  • stevi
    November 4, 2013 at 11:29 am

    i love your own photos equally, they have a warm glow. I think, when people love something, they tend to take really good pictures of it.

  • jbhat
    November 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Wonderful! It’s not a publication I usually pick up, but I will be purchasing this issue! It’ll be fun to see in glossy print how they helped have their holiday ways with your old place.


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  • Jessica @
    November 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    So, Nicole, I had picked this one up this weekend with no clue that you were in it. I recall you mentioning the shoot, but it wasn’t on my mind, obviously. Imagine my surprise when I opened it at home and said, “I know that house!” (Not that I *really* do, but you know what I mean!) The shoot is fantastic and it made me nostalgic for your house!

  • Jodi
    November 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    so fun!! what a great keepsake of your former home.

  • Amber @ Wills Casa
    November 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Very cool! Can’t wait to go pick one up! The house looks lovely as always. Perfect timing for your last Christmas at the old place. It will be interesting to see the difference between holiday decorating at the Victorian!

  • Ambeau
    November 4, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    So cool! The old house looks great.

  • Ali Gal
    November 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Nothing makes me happier than the sight of a pink Christmas tree. Well done!

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    November 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    This has me missing the old house. It looked so homey!

  • Kathryn
    November 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    This turned out wonderfully (of course!) but what I’m really extra impressed with is how they made August’s room look “normal”. Spatially speaking.

  • Jessica @ conveganence
    November 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    The photos in the article look gorgeous! I can’t wait to see what you come up with for the Victorian House. This will be our first Christmas in our house in Oak Park, so I’m on the lookout for decor inspiration :)

  • AnnW
    November 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    How lovely this is! And what a treat for you to have a real record of your house.

  • Cindy at Neatokeen
    November 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Beautiful photos…I hope it brings lots of new readers to your wonderful blog!

  • Henry Drake
    November 5, 2013 at 5:11 am

    These pictures reminds me when I was little growing up.

  • Gwendolyn
    November 6, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I love and miss the old house, though I’m excited about and love the new one too. The new owners are so very lucky and I hope they stay there for a long time and take just as good care of it as you guys did :)

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  • Megan Minix
    November 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I just bought the Cottages and Bungalows magazine for the first time and the Making it Cheery section was what made me pay $10 for it. I fell in love with the color scheme, the furniture, curtains, etc… Actually, I have decorated my living room for Christmas based on this photo and plan to decorate the rest of my home based upon these photos. What excited me the most was how similar your home and my home were designed. What year was your home built? Our home was built in 1937. Thanks so much for the inspiring decor!

  • Karen
    November 27, 2013 at 9:05 am

    That’s so awesome! (The decorations and the magazine spread.) Congratulations. :-)